Ricardo Climatic Fuel Cell Test Facilty

07 May 2024

Ricardo supports decarbonisation in the maritime industry by expanding hydrogen capabilities

Ricardo, a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, is expanding its capabilities in the global maritime sector, supporting clients with the design, development and testing of large-scale propulsion systems, including multi-stack fuel cell technology.  

In January 2021 Ricardo announced that it had opened a brand new £2.5 million hydrogen test facility at its UK headquarters in Shoreham-by-Sea, doubling its capacity to deliver hydrogen testing for global clients. The company has now confirmed that it has invested in the conversion of an existing building on site to facilitate the development of testing for large-scale marine engines.

Clients within the maritime sector will benefit from the new facility, as well as Ricardo’s experience and capabilities gained over several years as a market leader in hydrogen testing.  

The conversion will deliver state-of-the-art facilities to support Ricardo’s development of hydrogen and fuel cell services and solutions, being delivered to global customers.  

Jason Oms O’Donnell, Managing Director of Automotive and Industrial at Ricardo, said: “Hydrogen offers a real alternative to supporting decarbonisation in several industries, including maritime, commercial vehicles, off-highway and aerospace where the combination of high value assets, the longevity of fleets and the importance of safe implementation of new technology means that these sectors can be challenging to decarbonise. Our expertise and experience in design, development and test of innovative new propulsion systems means that we’re at the forefront of innovation in this area, advising customers, across the whole spectrum of services from life cycle analysis, supply chain and logistics to turnkey design, development and integration.”  

“Ricardo’s involvement in the Sustainable Hydrogen Powered Shipping (sHYpS) project means we are applying our world-leading expertise in the hydrogen value chain to implement innovative hydrogen technologies safely to help the global maritime sector achieve long term decarbonisation goals. We are leading the specification, design, build and test of a 375kW fuel cell module and the design of a 40-foot containerised multi-MW power plant that combined the outputs of several fuel cell modules. This latest expansion of our capabilities will help us to deliver future projects.”